Emergency Car Kit DIY + How To Change Your Oil

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A recent theme on my blog has been "preparation" as I am trying to be more prepared for life and the trials that come with it. I've talked about being prepared while hiking, I've shared a recipe you can make with food storage items, and today I'm going to talk about being prepared on the road. I don't know about you, but I feel like I'm one of those girls who is constantly calling her dad for automobile advice. I've had my tire light come on countless times, locked my keys in my car, had my engine light come on multiple times, etc. Auto maintenance can seem never ending, but I'm trying to learn and become more self-sufficient.

To help me on that journey I decided to have my dad show me exactly how to change the oil (not just add oil) in my vehicle and I also came up with a kit that I now keep in my car in case of an emergency. There have been times where I've needed a change of clothes, a napkin, a flashlight, etc, and I decided to grab the bull by the horns and just be prepared for when those times come.

For the kit you will need:

Medium Sized Plastic Tote
Pennzoil Platinum Full Synthetic Motor Oil
An Oil Filter
A Change of Clothes (I just went with a pair of jeans and a tshirt)
A Blanket (from a picnic to keeping you warm when you're stuck in a snow storm, a blanket is a necessity)
Water Bottles
A Roll of Paper Towels
A Roll of Toilet Paper
An Umbrella
A Flashlight (and spare batteries)
A Lighter
Granola Bars
Tire Pressure Gauge
A Can of Fix A Flat
Spare Cash
I also have a roll up emergency kit that comes with bandages, feminine products, pain relief medicine, a needle and thread, etc.

Organize your items in your plastic tote and keep it in the back of your car for emergencies. Your kit will come in handy during a range of events, from spilling a drink to getting a flat tire to being caught in holiday traffic. I know that I will be grateful that I've got these items ready to go whenever I need them.

After I got my kit put together, I met up with my dad to have him show me exactly how to change my oil. I already knew how to check if it was low or to simply add more, but I wanted to know what I needed to do to put fresh oil in and keep my car running as smooth as possible. And now I'm going to share those steps with you. I like to use Pennzoil Platinum Full Synthetic Motor Oil from Walmart as it has excellent performance in extreme temperatures (with the weather being all over the place like it is in Utah, this is important), unsurpassed wear protection, horsepower protection, and better fuel economy.

First, you'll need to purchase the correct oil weight and grade for your car. You can find that information as well as information on the oil filter in your owners manual (stores also have books in the oil aisle that have this information). Then be sure to change into grungy clothing, jack up the front of your car, and pop the hood.

Next, place a bucket under your vehicle to catch the old oil as it drains. You do not want to spill any oil as it is bad for our environment.

Using a wrench, unscrew the cap on the oil drain then let all of the oil drain into the bucket. When it's finished, be sure to reattach the cap, tightly!

Follow those same steps for the oil filter which can be found in front of the oil drain (at least on my car). Then attach your new oil filter and dispose of the old one.

My dad likes to keep an old container of some kind (this one is an empty laundry detergent bin) on hand that he uses to transfer the old oil from his home to an auto garage where they can dispose of the oil in a safe way. Do not dispose of the oil in a garbage bin or dump it in the dirt.

Then it's time to pour your new Pennzoil Platinum Full Synthetic Motor Oil into your vehicle. Find the cap that indicates where your oil goes, remove it, and place a funnel into the hole. Carefully pour the new oil into your car and then check to make sure it has reached the "full" marker on your dipstick. My car takes 5 quarts of oil which is pretty standard.

Note the difference in the old oil vs the new oil!

Screw the cap back into place, clean up, and you're good to go!

Now you can change your oil like a professional and you've got an emergency kit at the ready! You'll be feeling much safer and prepared as you hit the road; whether you're driving 5 minutes or 5 hours.

What are some tips that you like to follow when it comes to being prepared while on the road?


Classy "Ghouls Night Out" Halloween Party

The best part about any holiday is that it's not celebrated just one day a year, but the entire month in which it falls. I love being able to celebrate Halloween for the entire month of October, as there are so many fun things to do and parties to be had. I recently co-hosted a "Ghouls Night Out Party" with some other fabulous Party Bloggers, and I'm so excited to share it with you, today!

This party was great because we had the minds of some amazing creatives behind it. While I honestly did not contribute very much, I loved being involved and seeing these ladies at work. The invitation to the party was created by Sara from Confetti Sunshine; it was perfect for our "Ghouls Night"- classy, simple, and matched our color scheme of black, white, and gold. The party was held at Chelsey's, of Houswife 2 Hostess, home. It was the perfect setting for our Classy Halloween Party as she had already decorated for the season. The food was prepared by Caroline of Armelle Blog. She has an incredible talent for creating beautiful and delicious recipes and served us Halloween Pumpkin Cream Puffs and Pumpkin Soup with Parmesan Cob Webs. (SO good!) We also had a show stopping hot chocolate bar put together by Sandy from Sandy A La Mode. It had all of the fixings any hot chocolate lover could want!

Since this was a Halloween Party, we all decided to dress up and match our color scheme. I created my Bat Costume just for the occasion and am excited to be sharing that DIY with you, soon! I love that we all went with classy costumes that really stand the test of time- a bat, a cat, a witch, an Egyptian, and Mary Poppins.

For this party we worked with the incredibly talented Diana Putnam Photography. She was such a fun guest to have and also took these stunning photographs. We also had the pleasure of working with Tai Pan Trading who provided some of our Halloween Decor. Be sure to check them out if you live in Utah for all of your holiday decorating needs!


Campfire // Hayneedle Firepit

If you know me then you know there are few things I love more than an evening spent with friends, gathered around a toasty fire, swapping stories, and eating delicious food. I recently recieved this beautiful fire pit from hayneedle.com and was anxious to put it to good use. It creates a beautiful fire and is lightweight, making it the perfect companion for any bonfire adventure.

I had really been craving just such an adventure, so a few weekends ago I invited some friends up to my cabin. Of course my fire pit came along and ended up being the center piece of our trip. We spent hours around it and kept adding more logs to the fire whenever it started to die out. Everyone wanted to tell just one more story, discuss just one more topic, or tell just one more joke. The next morning, the fire pit became our kitchen as we cooked up some delicious bacon and eggs (and maybe another s'more or two...) for breakfast.

fire pit & roasting sticks c/o hayneedle.com

My cabin weekend was just what I needed and hayneedle really made it perfect with this gorgeous fire pit. I've got more pictures to share from my weekend away, so stay tuned!


Hikers Kit

This shop has been compensated by Collective Bias, Inc. and its advertiser. All opinions are mine alone. #ByeByeBlisters #CollectiveBias

As someone who is often heading out into the wild at a moments' notice, it's important for me to have things prepared and ready to go whenever I am. I hate when I waste valuable hiking time looking for things that I have misplaced, so I decided that it was time I started planning ahead. I came up with a kit that any hiker can prepare ahead of time, grab, and go. There are just some essential items that anyone who spends a lot of time outdoors should always have with them... Just in case...

One of the items that I can't live without are the COMPEED® Blister Medium Cushions that you can find only at Walgreens. I always get a blister or two when I am out hiking, especially when breaking in some new hiking boots, so it's important for me to keep these with me to stop the blisters before they get too bad. I actually got a blister while hiking, last night, so I'm so glad I had COMPEED® Blister Medium Cushions on hand!

Supplies you'll need:

COMPEED® Blister Medium Cushions
Headlamp/ Flashlight
Anti-Bacterial Wipes
Lip Balm
Some Spare Change/ Cash
An Allergy Pill
Protein Bar
Anne B Designs Pouch

Simply place all of your hiking essentials including the COMPEED® Blister Medium Cushions in your Anne B Designs pouch and keep it in your hiking backpack. That way, it's where you need it when you need it. All you'll have to do is grab a water bottle and go!

sweater- c/o athleta
shorts- old navy
shoes- savers
backpack- borrowed from brandi
pouch- c/o anne b designs

COMPEED® Blister Medium Cushions have been a European secret for thirty years and they're finally coming to the USA! The cushions fit like a second skin and stay in place all day, they also cover the blister completely to relieve pain fast. Now you can be ready for any outdoor adventure with your Hikers Kit and COMPEED® Blister Medium Cushions. 

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